Donald Trump faced criticism from the side of Muhammad Ali after unveiling its plans to do everything possible to ban Muslims from entering the United States for a certain period of time.
‚ÄúI am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world,‚ÄĚ the three-time world heavyweight champion said in a statement. ‚ÄúTrue Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.‚ÄĚ
The popular¬†boxer, who converted to Sunni Islam in 1975, called on Muslims to ‚Äústand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda‚ÄĚ.
He went on, adding: ‚ÄúThey have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSpeaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people‚Äôs views on what Islam really is,‚ÄĚ Ali said.
The Republican politician and reality TV star¬†has made headlines this week when launching a massive campaign aimed to¬†ban Muslims coming to the United States¬†by creating a petition.
Trump latwe¬†defended his proposal on ‚ÄúLive! With Kelly and Michael‚ÄĚ Wednesday.¬†“This has nothing to do with religion; it‚Äôs about safety,‚ÄĚ he told the hosts.
‚ÄúIf a person is a Muslim, goes overseas and comes back, they can come back. They’re a citizen. That’s different,‚ÄĚ Trump said on “Good Morning America” Tuesday. ‚ÄúBut we have to figure things out.‚ÄĚ
Trump, who is likely to become one of the candidates for the uproming 2016 election,¬†also faces backlash overseas over his proposal.
Less than 24 hours after the politician¬†announced a trip to Jerusalem.
Prior to the end of the year, I will be traveling to Israel. I am very much looking forward to it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he ‚Äúrejects‚ÄĚ Trump’s call for a “total and complete shutdown” ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
‚ÄúThe State of Israel respects all religions and strictly guarantees the rights of all its citizens. At the same time, Israel is fighting against militant Islam that targets Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and threatens the entire world,‚ÄĚ Netanyahu said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Moreover, Trump actions were also criticised by Robert Gordon University in Scotland which decided to revoke¬†an honorary degree awarded to him five years ago.
“In the course of the current U.S. election campaign, Mr. Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree,” the university wrote on Facebook.
However, the TVstar tried to convice everybody that he launched the campaing to help Muslims not to harm them.
“I’m doing good for the Muslims,” Trump during one of his interviews.” “Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They say, ‘Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic.'”
Among those reaching out to thank him, the Republican front-runner said, was “one of the most important people in Middle East” ‚ÄĒ Trump didn’t reveal the name ‚ÄĒ who called on Wednesday to say, “Donald, you’re doing a great service.”
“The group that is not criticizing me,” he said, “is the public. The public agrees with what I said. They saw those two animals last week go out and shoot people (in San Bernardino).”